School administrators had said that New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) directed them to close after detecting four or more cases in four separate classrooms within the last week.
That is according to a statement that was originally posted on the school’s website and was later removed.
The disclosure marks for the first time in the 2020-2021 school year that had been officially and publicly described the specific criteria leading to a school shutdown.
“We are very vigilant in practicing social distancing and for mask wearing and following all COVID safety protocols,” read this statement which is written by principal Tara O’Brien and assistant principals Leigh Betancourt and Lasheanma Santiago.
The administrators had cited transmission between siblings in different classrooms as a reason for this outbreak.
It is the fourth public school which had been shutdown so far this school year. Last year, schools had been shuttered whenever health officials had been determined that two cases were transmitted within the building.
Later within a school year whose number had been increased to four. The policy had changed ahead for the current term, and city officials have said that the buildings will only be shut down if there will be evidence of the “widespread transmission.
”Health commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi has been previously described this scenario as “multiple sources of infection in multiple spaces or cohorts within the school” but didn’t list a very specific number or rate of cases.
They had been asked about whether the criteria would be listed by the P.S. 207 administrators and had represents the citywide rule for the closures, the DOE had said it will continue to shutter only those schools which can show evidence of the “widespread transmission.”
“We do not need to hesitate to take action to keep school communities safe,” said by DOE spokesperson Nathaniel Styer, citing the school’s low positivity rate in the city’s surveillance testing.
“All the staff at DOE are vaccinated and all students are at P.S. 207 have been access to a device to ensure live to being continuous learning.”
DOE’s surveillance has testing in schools is reporting at a positivity rate how many tests had came back with an infection that is three times lower than what health officials are measuring on average citywide for kids who ages around 5 to 18.
Comparing these rates is very hard and tricky.
The education department had only tests kids who had opted-in but are well enough to be in the school, while the citywide rate had been reflects children getting tested after the symptoms or an exposure.
But regardless the kids ages around 5 to 12 are also have been leading the city in weekly cases.